INVESTING IN A GREENER URBAN FUTURE

Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure

23 May 2018 - 16:30 - 18:00
Introduction

Buildings in cities account for nearly 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and over a third of its CO2 emissions. Energy and emission savings in this sector are therefore vital to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Yet, the pace of renovation is extremely slow and the EU’s building stock remains relatively old. This debate aims at exploring the role of sustainable investments in accelerating the greening of cities.

This debate is taking place in the context of the 2018 European Commission Green Week:  ‘Green cities for a greener future’  
#EUGreenWeek

To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 5.2 ‘Investing in a greener urban future: Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure’

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Programme
16.00-16.30

Welcome of participants and registration

16.30-18.00

INVESTING IN A GREENER URBAN FUTURE – Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure

Buildings in cities account for nearly 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and over a third of its CO2 emissions. Energy and emission savings in this sector are therefore vital to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets. Yet, the pace of renovation is extremely slow and the EU’s building stock remains relatively old. The Sustainable Development Goals, with SDG11 focusing on Sustainable Cities, and the New Urban Agenda as well as the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive have highlighted the importance of investing in sustainable housing and resilient infrastructure, to meet the requirements regarding energy efficiency, nature-based solutions as well as to mitigate climate change, boost the economy and create job opportunities. These benefits represent great prospects not only for the future of cities and their infrastructure, whether in buildings or transportation, but also for the prosperity of their citizens.

  • How can future-proof investments make the built environment low-emission, resource-efficient and resilient and what financial incentives should be encouraged?
  • What training requirements are necessary for construction workers to enable this transition
  • How may better collaboration between the construction sector stakeholders ensure the full potential of energy savings in buildings to be achieved?

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
 

Partners
UN environment Un Habitat

 

Registration
Raphaël Danglade, Programme Executive for Climate and Energy at Friends of Europe
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 5.2 ‘Investing in a greener urban future: Towards sustainable housing and low-emission infrastructure’

You may find further information on the membership below or get in touch with Natasha Ibbotson, Senior Programme & Partnership Development Manager, on +32 2 893 98 24 or natasha.ibbotson@friendsofeurope.org.
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